“Be persistent and devoted to prayer, being alert and focused in your prayer life with an attitude of thanksgiving.”
Colossians 4:2 AMP

The instruction to continue in prayer means that we are to persevere, be persistent and maintain focus in prayer in spite of difficulty or discouragement.

We see an example of perseverance in a parable Jesus gave in Luke 11 while he was teaching the disciples how to pray.

In Luke 11:5-8, we are told the story of a man in need of bread in the middle of the night. He is turned away at first but he does not give up. He continues to knock and ask until his friend answers.

Jesus made a vital observation here. He said that this man got his answer not based on his relationship with his friend but because of his persistence in asking.

In prayer, we must persevere in tenacity, volume and consistency. Tenacity in this sense refers to our focus and dedication in prayer.

Secondly, when we persevere in prayer, we must take advantage of volume. This refers to the length of time given to prayer. Sometimes, prayer takes time to build. So don’t shy away from giving good time to prayer.

Lastly, our prayers should be continuous and consistent. Occasional intense prayer sessions will not yield the results that consistent and regular prayers will yield. It is better to pray 30 minutes per day than to pray 10 hours in one day and not pray again until a week later. We must be intentional about praying regularly.

Remember, I Thessalonians 5:17 instructs us to ‘Pray always’. Take this instruction seriously. Always have a prayer on your lips and in your heart. Set aside certain times to pray throughout the day.

When you think of perseverance, keep in mind the image of a hammer that strongly and firmly hits a spot trying to drive a nail in the wall. The nail might not be driven in if the hammer hits the nail on the head only once or just once in a while.

The impact of the hammer must be felt repeatedly and consistently on the same spot. This is how we should approach prayer – with consistency and persistence.

To do: Commit to a consistent prayer life today.

Bible Reading Plan
Luke 9:18-27, Colossians 4:10-18, Psalms 133-134, 1 Chronicles 20-22